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Beer Available At Vinmonopolet Oslo - Vika (arranged by most recent)
Beer Here Angry Hops 95, HaandBryggeriet Blåbær 43, Lervig / Magic Rock Farmhouse IPA 93, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen 94, Balder Porter 73, Beer Here Harwood Brown Porter 97, Boulevard Love Child No. 3 99, Lervig Art Collection Skull & Cross Blades Belgian Black Ale 86, Lervig Art Collection Funky Moi Rye Saison 46, HaandBryggeriet Høst 61, Sundbytunet / Birra Baladin Saisonissima 76, Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager 92, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Long Strange Tripel 97, To Øl Grenadier 80, Balder Bergen Pale Ale 32, To Øl Brown Paper Bag 96, To Øl Hibernate 93, Thwaites Big Ben (Pasteurized) (2013 - ) 61, Stronzo Rørhøne 61, To Tårn Twist & Stout 50
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Frode (10) Oslo, Norway | March 9, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
The employees initial attitude gives a hint at what sort of clients they usually cater for. But that aside, when you first get them going, they are quite knowledgeable, and talkative. Almost too talkative, but I won’t hold that against them. The selection is quite good. Both not quite up to what I expected, based on what I’ve been told.
Sigmund (140) Tau, Norway | November 20, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I thought I had rated this "specialist" Vinmonopolet store already - have visited 3 times, but my vistits from now on will be less mandatory, as Vinmonopolet Kvadrat (nearer my home turf) has also achieved the "specialist" store status. In Oslo, Vika is still the place to go. Good selection. Friendly staff. There is nothing to do about the outrageous beer prices in Norway, though ...
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | October 8, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Note to tourists: in Norway all beers of 4.7% and above can only be sold in government controlled Vinmopolet stores, no real beer stores in Norway. This Vinmopolet location is well located because close to the touristy downtown part of Oslo, less than 10 minute walk from the main tourist spots. This Vinmopolet is located on the upper floor of an ugly small shopping mall, I hate going to shopping malls, even more so for craftbeer. Ok so here I am, my first visit to a Vinmonopolet and I knew beforehand that this location is one of the two Vinmopolet that offers an expanded beer selection (the other one being in Bergen) so I was pretty excited to do my first bottle shopping in Norway. What a letdown. One 20 feet wide row of beers + 2 little cold beer fridges. Maybe 200 different bottles. Half the selection is Norway micros, half are imports. They don’t seem to stack up on anything or have any special reserve, what you’ll find there is what is currently being distributed by the various breweries at this moment. I ended-up only buying Brewdog Lost Abbey Lost Dog and some Kinn Vestkyst, all overpriced, get used to it, this is Norway, bottle shopping is depressing in Norway. Quick note, this place seems to sell out more quickly than the Vinmopolets with smaller selections, there were a few beers I wanted that were sold out at this location that I found at other Vinmonopolet locations.
Rasmus40 (192) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | August 15, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
The selection had lots of Ægir, Nøgne Ø and Haandbryggeriet as the best in the Norwegian section. The foreign beers included De Molen and Revelation Cat as the better breweries. Plenty of standard beers as well. I didn’t get any service and I didn’t ask for it either, so that’s hard to quantify.
Foffern (29) Bodø, Norway | March 4, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Here is where you can get beers that aren’t at other Vinmonopols, but be quick to get new releases because the beers go out fast. Overall they have one of the best beers available on bottle in Norway. Note that the shop is well hidden inside a shopping center that is not necessarily easy to spot from the outside. Also note that the special releases that are only available here is not to find in the webshop, you will have to go there and see for your self what they might be selling.
Wischylini (5) Grimstad, Norway | February 18, 2013
28 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 7/20
The store is hidden away, the employees are snooty and rude, and thought I might just have visited at a bad time, their selection of beer was pitiful.
espenra (32) Kurland, Norway | September 8, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
A part of the chain of wine/booze/beer monopolies in Norway, but Vika and Vinmonopolet Valkendorfsgate in Bergen has a special status and usually has special releases that you can’t get at regular Vinmonopol shops. The people I’ve talked to who worked there really are interested in beer and knows their stuff. Plain and simple the best bottle shop in Norway (haven’t been to Bergen).
Travlr (1374) Washington, Washington DC | May 3, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Just when I was dissing the monopoly, a guy at Handverkersteune told me about this place. Head and shoulders above othe Vinmonopolets that I visited, although still not comparable to average beer stores in other countries. This one did have a solid selection of Aegir, Haand, a hald dozen deMolen, a couple of sours from Mikkeller and the usual American sudpects you can find in bars. Worth a look.
madmitch76 (125) , England | March 31, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
Yet another tricky to find joint in Oslo. This one is tucked away in the mall at the end of Ruslokkeveien. Go inside and go downstairs and through.
A decent selection of beers here - nothing like an Utobeer or anything like that but decent given that this is mainly a wine shop. A picked a few beers and a nice chap asked me if he could help and we had a brief chat. He knew what he was selling allright.
Sounding like a broken record but I don’t care - prices are very very expensive. I would say 3 to 4 times of the UK.
Still if you are in Oslo this is well worth the detour.
Arve_Christian (120) Oslo, Norway | March 18, 2012| Updated October 9, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
The best selection in Oslo
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